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The Housing and Planning Bill reaches the Lords 21/01/2016

The Housing and Planning Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons on 12 January 2015 and received its first reading in the House of Lords on 14 January 2015 - a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords. 


The Second Reading of the Bill, the general debate on all aspects, is scheduled for 26 January 2016.


A number of significant changes were made to the Bill at Report Stage and Third Reading in the Commons before the Bill was passed to the Lords.


Several amendments have been made to Part 4 of the Bill, which deals with social housing:


  • To commence Chapter 2 (Sale of Vacant High Value Council Housing) immediately on Royal Assent
  • To facilitate 2-for-1 replacement of high value homes sold in London, and potentially elsewhere
  • To deregulate housing associations so as to make it more likely that the ONS will no longer classify them as public bodies
  • To exempt housing associations from compulsory Pay to Stay
  • To limit the maximum rent that can be charged under the Pay to Stay scheme to tenants who fail to disclose their income or whose income changes
  • To require new council tenancies to be tenancies for a fixed term of 2 to 5 years in most circumstances
  • To amend rights of succession to council tenancies.


In our last bulletin we updated our members on the first day debate of the Report Stage in the House of Commons on 5 January 2016.


The second day of the Report Stage and Third Reading took place on 12 January and ARCH Policy Adviser, Matthew Warburton, has produced a briefing for ARCH members on the provisions of Part 4 of the Bill, as they currently stand, outlining the impact on stock retained councils' management of council housing and the rights of tenants.

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